After trading back twice on day two, the New York Jets will have six selections today in the 2017 NFL Draft, including two in the 5th round and two in the 6th round. Can they capitalize and build depth throughout arguably the worst roster in the NFL?
Tight End – Bucky Hodges, Jordan Leggett, Jake Butt, Cethan Carter and Jeremy Sprinkle are still on the board. The Jets cannot neglect such a deep, talented tight end class when the position is so barren on their roster.Quarterback – With nine total picks, I’d be surprised if the Jets didn’t take a flier on a day three guy like Nathan Peterman, Brad Kaaya or Chad Kelly.
Running Back – A deep group is still loaded with talent, namely Jamal Williams, Donnel Pumphrey, Brian Hill and Wayne Gallman. Matt Forte has one year left. The Jets should take advantage of the depth here.
Pass Rusher – Rumor on the street is that these guys are kind of important. Carl Lawson is still out there for some reason. Vince Biegel is on the board and so is Tashawn Bower.
Corner – The board has been ravaged at this position through two days but players like Desmond King, Jeremy Clark and Howard Wilson would all boost a weak position for the Jets.Thoughts on Yesterday
The Jets have clearly prioritized adding high character, high motor players who have plenty of “dog” in them on the field. This is logical after watching Darrelle Revis and company zombie walk through the 2016 season. However, the Jets completely ignored premium positions through two days of the NFL Draft: no corners, no pass rushers, no quarterback, no tackles.
With how defense is evolving and how weak the position was, doubling down at safety can be justified, particularly with the talent the Jets added in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. They are counting on Adams to be a transformational player for their unit and believe Maye, not Calvin Pryor or Marcus Gilchrist, can be the perfect running mate for him to allow him to maximize his potential.
The ArDarius Stewart pick was a head scratcher considering who was left on the board. The Jets didn’t need another Jalin Marshall to add to a deep, young, talented group of receivers. They likely view Stewart as a returner and key coverage unit player but he is not somebody who will make a major impact on their offense. This team needs to score points. You can only neglect offense for so long.Finally, I expect the Jets to relent today and dump Sheldon Richardson for a 4th or 5th round pick. They also want to trade Pryor but there is no interest in him league wide. Gilchrist will be released within a few weeks after the draft.
For fun: Ceiling and Floor for first three draft picks (NOTE, remember what the definition of CEILING and FLOOR means)
- Ceiling: Darren Woodson
- Floor: Poor Man’s Landon Collins
- Ceiling: Glover Quin
- Floor: Calvin Pryor
- Ceiling: Lesser Jarvis Landry
- Floor: Jalin Marshall